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Championship: James Carroll Leads the Final Six

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,360

James Carroll

The $3,500 WPT Showdown Championship event is down to its final six players. James Carroll takes a big chip lead into the final day, with 18,525,000 (123 bb).

“It went pretty smooth. It was a fun day,” Carroll said of Day 4.

The final table will conclude May 30th when the final six players combine to resume play at the televised WPT final table from HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Everybody is guaranteed a cash of at least $148,380, but they all have their sights set on the $715,175 first place prize.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final six players:

Seat 1: Maria Ho – 16,650,000
Seat 2: Chad Eveslage – 3,350,000
Seat 3: Jerry Wong – 3,225,000
Seat 4: Eric Afriat – 4,425,000
Seat 5: Ami Alibay – 8,175,000
Seat 6: James Carroll – 18,525,000

The button is on James Carroll and there is 43:43 remaining in Level 31 (75,000-150,000 and a 150,000-big blind ante).

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st:  $700,175 + $15,000 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions seat
2nd:  $465,120
3rd:  $344,960
4th:  $257,815
5th:  $194,610
6th:  $148,380

Championship: Jason Marshman – 7th Place ($114,285)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,360

Jason Marshman

Jason Marshman moved all in from early position for 1,750,000, and Maria Ho thought shortly before calling from the big blind.

Marshman tabled Ah8h and was in the lead against Ho’s QcJd.

The flop came Jc9s8c and Ho flopped top pair to take the lead, the turn 7d, and river Js made it official as Ho wound up with trip jacks to eliminate Marshman in seventh place on the TV bubble.

Jason Marshman  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($114,285)

The final six players are currently filling out their bio sheets and verifying their counts.

Championship: Jerry Wong Doubles Through Eric Afriat

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,360

Jerry Wong
Jerry Wong

James Carroll raised to 325,000 from under the gun and Jerry Wong moved all in from the small blind for 1,375,000. Eric Afriat called from the big blind, and Carroll folds.

Wong turns over Ah9s and needed to get lucky with Ah9s against Afriat’s QhQc.

The board came AdKdKh3h9h and Wong did indeed get lucky as he flopped an ace to stay alive.

Jerry Wong  –  3,050,000  (20 bb)
Eric Afriat  –  4,500,000  (30 bb)

Championship: Maria Ho Versus Chad Eveslage

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,360

Maria Ho

Maria Ho opened to 325,000 from  from the cutoff, Chad Eveslage called from the button and Jerry Wong defended his big blind.

The flop came Ac5h2d, Wong checked and Ho bet 400,000. Only Eveslage called.

The turn brought the 4s, Ho checked and Eveslage bet 700,000. Ho thought shortly before calling.

Both players checked the 9c on the river and Ho tabled 6s6c to win the pot.

Maria Ho  –  12,800,000  (85 bb)
Chad Eveslage  –  3,725,000  (25 bb)

Championship: Ami Alibay versus Chad Eveslage

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,360

Ami Alibay

Chad Eveslage opened to 325,000 from the hijack and Ami Alibay defended his big blind.

Both players checked the Qc6h3h flop, The turn brought the 7h, Alibay checked and Eveslage bet 250,000. Alibay called.

The river was the Ad, Alibay led out 500,000 and Eveslage called.   Alibay turned over his AhQd and Eveslage mucked.

Ami Alibay – 3,500,000 (23 bb)
Chad Eveslage – 5,525,000 (37 bb)

Championship: James Carroll Extends His Lead

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,360

James Carroll

Ami Alibay limped from under the gun, James Carroll raised from the hijack to 400,000, and Jerry Wong  defended his big blind. Alibay called as well.

The flop came Js9s4h, it checked to Carroll who bet 550,000.  Wong folded and Alibay called.

Both players checked the Kh on the turn. The river brought the 5c, Alibay checked and Carroll bet 875,000. Alibay used a Time Chip then decided to call.

Carroll tabled Kd10d for top pair and Alibay mucked.

James Carroll  –  19,075,000  (127 bb)
Ami Alibay  –  2,350,000  (16 bb)

Championship: Break Time

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,360

Players are currently on a fifteen minute break. Here’s a look at the remaining payouts:

1st:  $700,175 + $15,000 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions seat
2nd:  $465,120
3rd:  $344,960
4th:  $257,815
5th:  $194,610
6th:  $148,380

Here are the official chip counts from the break for the final seven players:

Seat 1.  Maria Ho  –  13,925,000  (93 bb)
Seat 2.  Chad Eveslage  –  6,600,000  (44 bb)
Seat 3.  Jason Marshman  –  2,125,000  (14 bb)
Seat 4.  Jerry Wong  –  3,925,000  (26 bb)
Seat 5.  Eric Afriat  –  6,825,000  (46 bb)
Seat 6.  Ami Alibay  –  4,875,000  (33 bb)
Seat 7.  James Carroll  –  16,075,000  (107 bb)

Championship: Dan Chalifour – 8th Place ($88,930)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,360

Dan Chalifour

Dan Chalifour raised to 425,000 from early position before Maria Ho three-bet to 1,200,000 from next to act.

It folded back around to Chalifour who moved all in for 2,700,000. Ho snap called with KdKs and was in great shape against AcKc.

The board ran out 8d7s6dKh5c  and Chalifour was eliminated in eighth-place for a $88,930 payday.

Maria Ho – 13,100,000
Dan Chalifour – Eliminated in 8th Place ($88,930)

Championship: Maria Ho Versus James Carroll

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

Maria Ho raised to 250,000 from middle position and James Carroll defended his big blind.

The flop came 10d8c2s, Carroll checked and Ho continued 250,000. Carroll called.

The turn brought the Jh, Carroll bet 550,000 and Ho called.

Both players checked the 3h on the river and Carroll tabled 9c9s. It was no good however as Ho turned up Jd8d for two-pair.

Maria Ho – 10,000,000
James Carroll – 15,600,000

Championship: Eric Afriat Scores Another Double

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Eric Afriat

Two-time WPT champion Eric Afriat raised from the cutoff to 275,000, Ami Alibay called from the button, and Dan Chalifour defended his big blind.

The flop came Qc10h8c, it checked to Alibay who bet 300,000. Only Afriat called.

The turn card was the 3c, Afriat checked and Alibay moved all in. Afriat thought shortly before he called all in for 800,000.

Afriat needed to get lucky with his Ac9s against Alibay’s Jc9c.

Afriat called for the “Deuce of clubs. Let me do it one time.”

The dealer obliged as the river was in fact the 2c.

Afriat said, “Wow. Sorry, guys, it’s just my lucky day.”

Eric Afriat  –  3,225,000  (26 bb)
Ami Alibay  –  6,900,000  (55 bb)